Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell

Tanya Simon
February 17, 2021

A federal lawsuit accusing Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers of conspiring to incite a violent riot at the Capitol on January 6 has been filed by the NAACP and the civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College, said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi.

The lawsuit, filed in district court in Washington Tuesday, was brought by the NAACP on behalf of Thompson. Other members of Congress, including Democrat Reps.

Miller said in a tweet that Giuliani remained an "ally and a friend" and is not representing Trump only because there are no pending cases in which he's involved.

Giuliani could not be immediately reached for comment.

In a rancorous letter dated January 8 - the day after Kinzinger separated himself from his party by calling for the 25th Amendment to be used to remove Trump from office for his role in inciting the Capitol riots - 11 of the Congressman's family members call him a disappointment "to us and to God". accuse him of being brainwashed, and supporting abortion and socialism, which they label "the ultimate sin".

He even noted that though Trump is now out of office, he remains subject to the country's criminal and civil laws.

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Trump faces several civil lawsuits, including two defamation lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexually assaulting them before he was elected president in 2016.

The suit says Trump is liable in his personal capacity because he "acted beyond the outer perimeter of his official duties".

"In this respect, because of his conduct, he is just like any other private citizen", he said.

Banned from Twitter-his erstwhile weapon of choice for attacking critics-Trump fired his broadside, which blamed McConnell (R-Ky.) for Republicans' loss of Senate control, via a statement from his Save America super PAC.

Now that Trump's impeachment trial is over, the former president is likely to become much more vocal. That process was temporarily interrupted when Trump loyalists broke into the Capitol. "Pursuing a objective shared by Defendants Trump and Giuliani as well as Defendant Proud Boys, Defendant Oath Keepers played a leadership role of the riotous crowd and provided military-style assistance sufficient to overcome any Capitol Police resistance".

Because of that re-election, McConnell won't face the Republican voters again for another six years, so the threat from the former president will do little to cower the shrewd political veteran, who some political commentators have argued will now work to limit Trump's influence over the party.

Trump had signaled frustration with Giuliani last month after he became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

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